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Land Use (News)

Affordable housing ruling a setback to cities

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 01/08/2010 - 3:25pm

San Francisco city officials are working to address a court decision giving developers a major victory in the battle over whether they must provide affordable housing in new projects.

Legislation could be introduced at the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday related to a ruling the California Supreme Court let stand in the fall. The ruling prohibits cities from forcing developers to rent a percentage of units in new apartment buildings at rates affordable to people earning below the median income.

Chevron Threatens To Leave Longtime Home

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 01/07/2010 - 10:49am

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Smoke billows from a Chevron Corp. refinery in Richmond, Calif.
The biggest producer of greenhouse gases in California is the Chevron Corp.'s oil refinery in the Bay Area town of Richmond, just east of San Francisco.

The refinery opened more than a century ago, and in spite of the bad air, Richmond has always been a loyal company town.

Until lately.

The refinery is nestled on a bank of hills right next to the San Francisco Bay. It's a Byzantine complex of tanks, steam boilers and 8,000 miles of piping. The refinery produces jet fuel, gasoline and diesel.

Over the past century, the Richmond refinery has prospered, helping Chevron make billions in profits.

Despite recession, development moves forward in San Leandro - Oakland Tribune

Submitted by Staff on Fri, 11/13/2009 - 9:56am
City hopes new projects will increase tax revenue
By Jason Sweeney
SAN LEANDRO — Economic activity has slowed around the country, but that doesn't mean big things aren't in the works in San Leandro.

"We're in an interesting situation in that there is a recession, but there are still a lot of projects going on in San Leandro," said Cynthia Battenberg, city business development manager. "There's actually a lot of exciting development going on."

SFPUC Adopts Landmark Environmental Justice Policy

Submitted by admin on Tue, 11/03/2009 - 4:36pm
SAN FRANCISCO – The members of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) unanimously affirmed the regional utility's commitment to fair treatment of all communities and to addressing disproportionate negative impacts and environmental consequences from its operations and facilities in a historic Environmental Justice Policy adopted on October 13. The policy, adopted at a Special Meeting of the Commission in the Southeast community of San Francisco less than a block away from the City's Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant, sets a new standard for public agencies and utilities in confronting and addressing environmental justice issues.

"The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission affirms and commits

Declining revenue, state raid derails Richmond redevelopment dreams

Submitted by Staff on Tue, 11/03/2009 - 3:45pm

New landscaping, streetlights, benches and color-coordinated trash cans line portions of Richmond's Macdonald Avenue, but a three-quarter-mile stretch at the west end of this major corridor must wait.

So too will 23rd Street, another key commercial strip.

The economic downturn and the state raid on local funds is forcing some of the city's redevelopment plans to a standstill — and officials don't know when they can afford to move ahead.

County ready to back Point Molate casino plan

Submitted by Staff on Tue, 11/03/2009 - 3:42pm
For $12 million a year, Contra Costa County would turn its staunch opposition to outright support for a major Indian casino-hotel resort on the Richmond waterfront, according to a draft of the pending deal.

The agreement with the Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians would erase the county's blanket opposition to urban gaming and halt its attack against a big Las Vegas-style casino planned at the former Point Molate Naval Fuel Depot.

The Board of Supervisors plans to discuss the pending deal at its meeting Tuesday morning.


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